When to Visit

The best time to visit the Atherton Tablelands is – anytime!

The Atherton Tablelands is blessed with a temperate climate making it comfortable all year round, free of the coastal humidity.

The northern part of the region enjoys cool, dry winters and warm, wet summers with minimum daily temperatures in winter rarely falling below 15ºC and maximum daily summer temperatures rarely exceeding 35ºC.

To the south, rainfall is much higher with the area around Topaz recording some of the highest annual rainfall in Australia. Temperatures are also lower with a range of between 17 and 25ºC from September to June and between 5 and 14ºC from July to August.

Summer – December to February

Rainfall usually falls in the summer months between December to March and can extend through to April.  Also known as “green season”, the tropical rains are the life force of the tropics as it revitalises plants and animals which have been suffering from the stress of a prolonged dry season.

Summer rain in the wet tropics comes from a convergence of weather patterns. The monsoon trough is a long band of activity formed where the southeast trade winds (blowing towards the north-west) meet equatorial westerlies (blowing towards the south-east).

The green season is an excellent time of the year to experience the magic and colour of our tropical rainforests and spectacular waterfalls.

Autumn – March to May

As the summer rains clear, everywhere is green! The morning skies become clearer and stunning colourful sunsets are well received.

Winter – June to August

In winter, the clear blue skies creates crisp evenings including some southern areas receiving early morning frosts. Experience the ambience of a wood fire and perfect night skies for star gazing.

Some parts of the southern Atherton Tablelands does experience light drizzle through the winter months and all the more reason to enjoy a cosy stay at one of the many delightful Bed’n’Breakfast accommodation facilities with a fire place.

Spring – September to November 

Afternoon storms can come through from November lighting up the night sky as the storms pass through to the coast.